National Candy Corn Day 2013 is Oct. 30: Is candy corn awesome or awful?

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 30, 2013 

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Photo illustration of jack-o'-lantern made from candy corn, M&Ms, Reese's peanut butter cups and Twix bars. Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2008

NELSON — MCT

It's time to celebrate one of the most divisive candies ever.

Today (Oct. 30) is National Candy Corn Day. It comes at the perfect time. Recent research suggests candy corn is the top-searched Halloween candy on Yahoo!

The intrigue isn't entirely positive. The Huffington Post lists candy corn among the nine most-hated Halloween treats.

"Candy corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Philadelphia-based Wunderle Candy Company," Wikipedia notes.

It cites research from the National Confectioners Association suggesting 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually.

Discussion time: Is candy corn awesome or awful?

I'm somewhere in the middle.

I never crave candy corn, though I usually won't decline a handful when presented with the opportunity. Unfortunately, most of my childhood memories of Halloween involve stale candy corn, but apparently the candy corn landscape has changed dramatically. Did you know Starburst even makes candy corn?

At least for adults, I think the serving style cuts into candy corn's appeal. Watching germy people touch multiple pieces of candy corn in a glass bowl is just plain gross.

Please comment and let me know where you stand in the debate.

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